I would like to refresh my knowledge about optics. I studied optics back in the university but I almost forgot everything. What would be a good book to do that?
There are couple of them, but you can start with these:
Optics in Photography (SPIE Press Monograph Vol. PM06): Explains fundamental optical principles that apply to photography, cameras, and lenses. Intended for professionals and serious amateur photographers as well as lens designers and optical engineers.
- Light Rays and Lens Aberrations
- Light Waves and How They Behave
- Definition and Resolution
- Depth of Field
- The Brightness of Images
- Types of Photographic Objectives
- Lens Attachments
- Enlarging and Projection Systems
- Stereoscopic Photography
- Shutters and Flash
Camera Viewfinders and Rangefinders
One of my friend has these books and I have find them very useful many times.
I hope this helps.
Depending on what level of the treatment you are looking for, and if you want to go really at the foundations, you could try the classic by Born and Wolf, Principles of Optics. Great book.
A short excerpt from the Table of contents:
- Foundations of geometrical optics
- Geometrical theory of optical imaging
- Geometrical theory of aberrations
- Image forming instruments
and much, much more.
For a university level optics book, Hecht is excellent. It's what I used in university years ago (that was an earlier edition though).
After searching this for a while, here is the list that I think it may be interesting:
Optics in Photography: Explains fundamental optical principles that apply to photography
Optics: Elementary intro to optics
Introduction to Optics: Elementary intro to optics
Applied Photographic Optics: Related directly to photography. The reason it's not on top of the list is because it's more complicated than others, not elementary. It was selected by the American Library Association's 'Choice' magazine as "best technical book".
Modern Optical Engineering: Technical book as the previous one.
Photographic Optics: A Text Book for the Professional and Amateur: you can find this book free on Google books.
OPTICKS can get you all the way to the source... As well as teach you some concepts (in a rather archaic but interesting way) it will expose a hint to the mind of a great(est) scientist.